Probably the toughest thing about creating a pay-per-view monster is luring back into action after you’ve made it rich.
That seems to be the case with UFC – and boxing – star Conor McGregor, who made so much money trading leather with Floyd Mayweather that he could buy a handful of towns and villages in Ireland right now. McGregor now has no need to fight in the Octagon ever again…
…Which leaves the UFC in a bit of a pickle, because they need stars.
UFC boss Dana White has some thoughts on this. As per ESPN:
“We’re still in that ‘Conor might never fight again’ [phase]. The guy’s got a f—ing $100 million. I’ve got guys who have made less than that, who were lawyers their whole lives and quit working … And fighting is the worst. Try to get up and get punched in the face for a living when you’ve got $100 million in the bank.”
Obviously, the UFC is eager for some clarity regarding McGregor’s near-future. In addition to being the company’s biggest star, he hasn’t defended his 155-pound title since claiming it in November 2016 at UFC 205.
White did not offer a specific time frame for potentially stripping McGregor of the belt, but said both sides are working on it.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to run this business with or without anybody,” White said. “If Conor wants to fight again, we absolutely want Conor to come back. But if Conor walks away and doesn’t fight again, it’s part of the game.
“We need to figure that out. Right now, with him, it’s not about defend or vacate. We’re working on a new deal with him. We’ve got to work out this new deal.”